Turkish police focus on 7 suspects in Khashoggi case

Turkish police focus on 7 suspects in Khashoggi case

Khashoggi also is a Washington Post contributor. That team was sent "specifically for the murder", a person with knowledge of the Turkish investigation tells the Post.

That means Turkish police can not enter and search the consulate unless they get permission from the Saudi authorities, which they have now reportedly received.

The Washington Post has published an image it described as the last surveillance photograph of its missing Saudi contributor. "We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation". Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "is acting like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin", Khashoggi wrote in another one.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the media, calling it the "enemy of the people", and has raised human rights prominently only when pressuring United States antagonists such as Iran and China.

"Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building", the ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Less than a day after saying he was "concerned" for Khashoggi, Trump said he would talk with Saudi officials "at some point".

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, spoke to the AP on Sunday outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

A former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, Khashoggi left the country previous year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

In recent days, Americans lawmakers from across the political spectrum have warned the affair could harm US-Saudi relations.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.

Saudi authorities insist he left the consulate.

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The Khashoggi family confirmed that they are coordinating with the Saudi government to learn about the latest developments in the case.

Riyadh has denied Khashoggi was killed or detained on its Istanbul premises, and claims that the veteran journalist left the consulate shortly after entering.

A member of the Saudi elite, he had remained in exile in the United States for much of the past year, from where he wrote columns for The Washington Post critiquing aspects of the Kingdom's reform programme.

The BBC was criticised on social media for airing the recordings without Mr Khashoggi's consent and before there is any definitive proof of his death.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to obtain documents needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The Washington Post chose to leave a blank space where Khashoggi's column would have been in its Friday edition in support of the missing writer.

An official of Turkey's ruling AK Party told broadcaster CNN Turk there was concrete evidence in the case, although none has yet been presented.

Vice President Mike Pence said he was "deeply troubled" about reports of Khashoggi's fate. Among other things, as MBS told Bloomberg, the visit prompted Riyadh to commit to buying more than 60 percent of its weapons in the next decade from Washington.

Members of Congress, where there has always been bipartisan skepticism about Saudi Arabia, have issued statements and tweets demanding answers from Riyadh. Sen.

"The Saudis are saying we can come investigate, but they have of course disposed of the body", he said, adding that he believed Saudi statements about a lack of footage from security cameras were insincere.

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